October events

Seafarers Service
On Sunday 23rd October CTiWW are holding a Seafarers Service

at 10.30am on the Esplanade, or the Methodist Church if wet.

The service will be led by the Coastguard Chaplain,

celebrating the 200th anniversary of the

​And the week after...
The annual Quantock deanery service will be at Greatwood on Sunday 30th October at 10.30am,
followed by lunch (more details to come). It was a lovely occasion last year and would be good to
see as many, if not more, of us attend this year. It would be great if we car share as much as
possible. Please speak to Mark or one of the churchwardens if you need a lift.

There will be no service at St Decuman’s that Sunday, as it is a fifth Sunday in the month and

would have been St Peter’s turn to host.

A short communion service will be held at St Peter’s at 8.30am, allowing Mark
(and his SatNav) time to find his way around the Quantock lanes!​

The Trustees of two local charities,

The Mary Huxtable Sutton Relief in Need Trust

and the St Decuman’s Parish Trust

that give grants to people in need and for the maintenance and repair of St Decuman’s Church, are looking for a new Secretary. The Trustees generally meet every two months, and the Secretary’s work probably takes between 4 – 10 hours a month.

If you might be interested in taking on this role, please speak to Mark, Tony Knight or Sarah Lander, who are amongst the Trustees.


1 Timothy 6.6-19
Luke 16.19-end

Today’s Worship and Readings 
9.15am      Parish Communion at St Peter’s
10.45am    Harvest Festival Communion at St Decuman’s

Donations of Food items (non-perishable) and money are welcome and will be given to the Quantock Food Bank

Next Sunday 2nd October

10.00am     All Age Harvest Festival Service at St Peter’s
10.45am     Parish Communion at St Decuman’s 

Both churches will usually be open every day during daylight hours.

All are welcome to spend some quiet time in the peace of our beautiful buildings.

​​Watchet Beach Clean            this Sunday 25th         2pm-4pm        West Street Beach
Join Plastic Free Watchet for the Marine Conservation Society Beach Clean,

meeting at West Street Beach. Bring strong gloves. Litter pickers and sacks will be provided.
See Plastic Free Communities in West Somerset FaceBook page for more details.

Dates for the week ahead:
Monday 26th September           9.45am                    Benefice Morning Prayer at Holy Cross
                                                       7.30pm                    St Decuman’s PCC at Holy Cross
Tuesday 27th September          9.30am                    Little Saints at the Meeting Room, Williton
                                                       7.00pm                    St Peter’s PCC at the Meeting Room                                  
Wednesday 28th September   10.00am                   Little Saints at the Salvation Army Hall, Watchet
Thursday 29th September       10.00am                   CAMEO at St Peter’s
Saturday 1st October                  9.30am                   Exploring Worship and Pastoral Care continues               
                                                      10.00am                   Flutes rehearse at Holy Cross

The ‘fellowship of the Gospel’ to which the Collect refers, is a phrase taken from St Paul’s letter to the Philippians (1:5) in which he applauds the way they have shared in the great mission to proclaim everywhere the gospel (good news) of salvation in Christ. Today we pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to equip God’s people for this mission, making them ‘fervent’ in faith and love.

Dates for your diaries:
Sunday 23rd October                     10.30am                CTiWW Sea Farers service on The Esplanade, Watchet
Sunday 30th October                     10.30am                Deanery service at Greatwood​


We are holding in our thoughts and prayers: Graham, Shirley, Jane,
Janet, Jenny, Sara, Elias,

David, Peter, Fay and Christopher

If you would like to be included on the Prayer List, please let Mark, Sarah or Sue know..

Prayers for the People of Ukraine
We pray for Peace

The Benefice of Watchet and Williton
Sunday 25th September 2022



'Fervent in the fellowship of the Gospel'

Tony had a very successful Coffee Morning last Saturday. £644 was raised for St Decuman’s church funds, especially towards the Toilet project. Thank you to Tony for organising this.

The Collect

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit
upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:
grant that your people may be fervent
in the fellowship of the gospel
that, always abiding in you,
they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service,
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen

St Decuman's Music Group practise

at Holy Cross Chapel, Watchet on Fridays

from 2.30pm – 3.45pm.

If anyone would like to join us, please contact Diane Coggins 01984 631365


There is a new Traidcraft book at the back of St Peter’s church with Christmas cards and other gifts. 

I will be putting an order in at the end of the month. Please take the opportunity to look at the catalogue over the next couple of weeks. 

Thank you, Sara Hempshall


Please contact your churchwardens with enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals, etc. and any member of the Benefice team is happy to be contacted with general enquiries, requests for prayers, etc. 

Benefice Team:

Revd Mark Phillips                 Vicar                                                                Tel: 01984-639669                         email: revdmarkphillips@outlook.com
George Fenech                       Churchwarden St Peter’s                             Tel: 01984-633577                         email: georgefenech44@gmail.com
Sue Withycombe                    Churchwarden St Peter’s                             Tel: 01984-632596                         email: withysue10@gmail.com
Sarah Lander                          Churchwarden St Decuman’s                      Tel: 07765-881229                        email: sclarkelander@gmail.com
Janet Bremner                        Churchwarden St Decuman’s                      Tel: 01984-632118                        email: janetbremner31@btinternet.com
Donna Marsden                     Reader                                                             Tel: 01984-633707                        email: donnamarsden01@yahoo.co.uk   
Julie Pelling                              Reader                                                             Tel: 07973-961083                        email: julie@nickandju.plus.com

Benefice Website:                 www.watchetandwillitonbenefice.com

Facebook Pages:                   www.facebook.com/StPetersChurchWilliton   

Our Parish Safeguarding Officersare:

Mrs Sara Hempshall & Mrs Jackie Smith who can be contacted by telephone: 07961-268411 & by email: safeguardingstdecsstpeters@gmail.com

Prayers for the Benefice

Each week we join our Baptist friends in praying for a local road or street. This week it is

South Road in Watchet

Washford Hill in Williton

Pray for God’s blessing on those who live there.



We are hoping to be able to take Open
The Book back to both St Peter’s and
Knights Templar schools soon.

Can you help?

If you don’t feel you can act there are
other roles to consider, such as narrator, set building

or costume making.
Please speak to Mark if you are interested in joining the team.

Quantock Deanery Prayer Diary - Every day of the month we pray for different people in our Deanery

Watchet & Williton Benefice
25th     Danesfield C of E Middle School, Knights Templar C of E & Methodist First School, St Peter’s C of E First School
26th     The Staff and visitors to Great Wood Camp, Patrick Weld (Chaplain)
27th     The employees and contractors at the three Hinkley Point Power Stations (A, B, and C),
              Ewen Huffman (Chaplain to HPC) and volunteer chaplains
Health & Care Centres
28th     The staff and patients of Cannington Health Centre, Quantock Medical Centre (Nether Stowey),

              West Somerset Healthcare (Watchet and Williton Surgeries), Williton Community Hospital, and the staff and residents of

              Croft House (Williton) and The Old Vicarage Care Home (Stockland)    
Local Government
29th     Parish, District and County Councillors; Ian Liddell-Grainger (MP); new housing and employment projects
The Church of England
30th      +Justin Welby, +Stephen Cottrell (Archbishops)
Diocese of Bath & Wells
1st          +Michael (Bishop of Bath & Wells), +Ruth (Bishop of Taunton), Simon Hill (Archdeacon of Taunton)